Special secondary education: schools without an application procedure

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How do you register your child in a school for special secondary education (BuSO) without an application procedure? This page tells you how and when to do this:

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In which schools can you register directly?

In the following schools you can register your child directly, depending on the curriculum:

  • Zaveldal (Brussel) 
    • For the complete curriculum
  • KoninkIijk Instituut Woluwe (Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe) 
    • For the curriculum in the 1st year: OV1 and OV4 - type 6 visus
    • For the curriculum in the higher years
  • Kasterlinden BuSO (Sint-Agatha-Berchem) 
    • For the curriculum in the 1st year: OV1 - type 6 visus, type 7 taal and type 7 gehoor 
    • For the curriculum in the higher years

Contact the school for more information.

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When to register?

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Registering in special secondary education without an application procedure for 2023-2024
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Prepare yourself well: get to know schools, inform yourself about the procedure and gather the necessary documents. Contact the CLB for assistance. Learn more about what you can do to prepare

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Register siblings and children of staff
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Do you have another child already attending a BuSO school? Or do you work at the school where you want to register your child? If so, you have priority if you register your child from 1 to 15 March 2023. Go to the school to register your child.

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Register your child (with priority for Dutch speakers)
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Go to the school from 27 March to 21 April 2023 and register your child. During this period, priority is given to children with at least one parent who is sufficiently proficient in Dutch.

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Register your child (with campus priority)
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Go to the school from 24 April to 8 May 2023 and register your child. Does your child already attend special elementary education now, and will they attend special secondary education in the same campus next school year? Then your child has priority during this period.

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Open registration
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Still looking for a place in a BuSO school for the 2023-2024 school year? Or would you like to have your child placed on the waiting list of a school? You can do so during the open registration period, which starts on 11 May 2023 at 9 a.m.

Please note: No further priority applies during the open registration period.

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Still looking for a place in a BuSO school for the 2023-2024 school year? Contact the school where you want to register your child. Are there still places available? Register your child.

Is your child on a waiting list? The school will contact you when a place opens up. The waiting list is valid until 6 October 2023.

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How to register?

In advance: siblings and children of staff 

Siblings of pupils and children of staff register before all other children. Go to the school from 1 to 15 March 2023 and register your child.  

No place or forgot to register? In a school without an application procedure, you can still apply along with all the other children. In this case, you no longer have priority. More information about priority

Step 1: Prepare

After the siblings and children of staff, all other children can register. Go to the school to register your child. Prepare your registration well: 

  1. Get to know the schools. Each school offers a number of specific types and forms of special education (in Dutch). Inquire with the school's management team or care coordinator. The CLB will also help you with this.
  2. Inform yourself about the procedure: read the brochure (available in 8 languages) or the information on this website carefully. 
  3. Check if your child has priority
  4. Gather the necessary documents

Step 2: Register your child

To register your child in a BuSO school without an application procedure, register directly with the school. You do not need to apply for a place for your child first. 

Go to the school and register your child. There are two registration periods:

  • from 27 March to 21 April 2023: during this period, pupils with at least one Dutch-speaking parent are given priority.
  • from 24 April to 8 May 2023: during this period, pupils from the special elementary school in the same campus will be given priority.

More information about which groups have priority

Does the school not have any available places left? Learn more about what you can do if your child does not have a place

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Who has priority?

Siblings and children of staff can register first. After that, priority is given to children with at least one Dutch-speaking parent and to children from the special elementary school in the same campus.

More information about the priority groups.

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What if you did not get a place?

Does the school not have any available places left? Then ask for a document of unsuccessful registration. Your child will then be placed on the waiting list. The school will contact you when a place opens up. 

You can also register your child during the open registration period in the schools that still have places available. The open registration period starts on 11 May 2023 at 9 a.m. Please note: Registration takes place in chronological order. So whoever comes first gets a place first. Moreover, no priority applies anymore. 

Contact the school where you want to register your child. Are there places available? Register your child. Are there no places available? You can also have your child placed on the waiting list during this period. To do so, ask for a document of unsuccessful registration. The school will contact you if a place opens up. 

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